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Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute participates in National Cancer Institute program

The Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute was awarded a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute in 2014 as a part of the National Cancer Institute Clinical Oncology Research Program (NCORP).

The five-year, $93 million grant places Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute into an elite network of healthcare research bases and community sites that work together to identify and evaluate interventions that reduce cancer risk, increase access to and delivery of clinical trials, and enhance quality of life for all patients served. Gibbs is partnering with NCORP to design and conduct clinical trials to improve cancer prevention, cancer control, screening and post-treatment management.

Fifty-three grants were awarded in three categories:

  • Seven research bases function as hubs for the network, designing and conducting multi-center clinical cancer trials and cancer care delivery research. These hubs provide overall administration, data management, scientific leadership and regulatory compliance.
  • 34 community sites recruit patients to participate in clinical trials conducted by NCORP Research Bases, NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) treatment and imaging trials, quality of life studies and cancer care delivery research involving patients, practitioners and healthcare organizations.
  • 12 minority or underserved community sites recruit participants in the same way as the community sites but have a patient population comprising at least 30 percent ethnic minorities or rural residents.

 Gibbs is part of the Southeast Cancer Consortium-Upstate NCORP, which will treat patients from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia.

The overall goal of NCORP is to bring clinical trials and cancer care delivery research to patients in their own communities. This research contributes to improve patient outcomes and the reduction of cancer disparities. Since 1983, Gibbs has been a NCI research site as a Community Clinical Oncology Program. Since 2007, Gibbs has been a National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP).

For more information on NCORP, please visit http://ncorp.cancer.gov/news/ncorp-qa.pdf

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